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Oppose gay order, religious leaders tell govt

Religious leaders from different faiths on Tuesday warned the government against endorsing the Delhi High Court judgement legalising homosexuality among consenting adults, and asked it to oppose the ruling in Supreme Court.

delhi Updated: Aug 04, 2009 23:18 IST
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Religious leaders from different faiths on Tuesday warned the government against endorsing the Delhi High Court judgement legalising homosexuality among consenting adults, and asked it to oppose the ruling in Supreme Court.

At a daylong seminar, various speakers criticised Union Law Minister M Veerappa Moily’s comments welcoming the court judgement, and “advised him to exercise restraint on sensitive issues.”

The resolution passed by leaders representing all the major religions, asked the central government to “bring a law that would prevent further erosion in the moral values.”

“Delhi High Court judgement only seeks to provide strength to the global sex industry, which has massive business hubs in many countries and is now poised to extend its tentacles to India,” the resolution said.

Slamming the court decision, a former Akal Takht jathedar (high priest), Bhai Jasbir Singh Rode, said the court relied mainly on foreign judgements to justify “a mad act.”

“Supposing we need money, would we go and loot the nearest bank to fulfil our need? Similarly unnatural sexual needs could not be allowed to be satisfied through same sex intercourse,” he said.

Journalist and former MP, Santosh Bhartiya cautioned that relaxation in laws was an invitation to international sex industry in the country. “We need to guard our gates against such interests,” he remarked.

“It is a struggle between the values of a small westernized elite and the common people of the country, the outcome of which would determine which direction the country will take,” said Dr Mohammad Manzoor Alam, chairman of the Institute of Objective Studies.

President of Buddhist Society of India’s capital unit, Dr DBS Sehra said homosexuality “was an aberration that was against the ethos of the country, which should never be given legal sanction.”

Swami Sarvanand Saraswati of Mahashakti Peeth said those propagating homosexuality “would be defeated.”

Purshotthaman Mulloli, convener of joint action committee, criticised the media for its stand on the issue.